Winners Announced

The Awards acknowledge principals, teachers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education leadership, support staff, partnerships and volunteers. In addition, this year several employees were recognised for their valuable contribution to Canberra public schools for over forty years of service.

This year’s event was bigger than ever, attracting more than double the nominations from 2015. This is a clear reflection of the exceptional staff working in Canberra public schools, striving to make a difference in students’ lives every day.

Newly appointed Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Ms Yvette Berry MLA congratulated all winners and presented awards at the special ceremony on Thursday 3 November 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia.

Congratulations to everyone acknowledged on the night.

Photograph of the 2016 ACT Public Education Award winners

  • Education Support Person of the Year - Hao Thai, Giralang Primary School
  • Volunteer of the Year - Christine Tusch, Fraser Primary School
  • New Educator of the Year - Laura Pardoe, Harrison School
  • Early Childhood Teacher of the Year - Sascha Colley, Ainslie Primary School
  • Primary Teacher of the Year - Iesha Siotis, Turner Primary School
  • Secondary Teacher of the Year - Susan Daintith, Campbell High School
  • Outstanding Partnership of the Year - Hughes Primary School with Woden Community Service
  • Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education - Cara-Jane Shipp, Wanniassa School
  • Outstanding School Leader of the Year - Matthew Holdway, Theodore Primary School

Recognition of Service Awards - 40 years

The following recipients were presented awards at the event:

  • Christine Hynes
  • Jennifer Macdonald and
  • Margaret Rowlands.


The ACT Education Directorate acknowledges the contribution of our sponsor - Teachers Mutual Bank.

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